Updated July 20, 2021

For updates and developments on UMF’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit UMF Communication Updates

Frequently Asked Questions for the General Public & Visitors

We realize you have lots of questions, probably more than we can possibly answer on a single FAQ page. This FAQ is a work in progress and we will add to it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Indoors — Yes. Face coverings are still required at all times when indoors on University property or inside University administered facilities.

This will change on July 26, when members of the University of Maine System and visitors who have verified their vaccination status will no longer be required to wear a face covering inside University facilities.

Current exceptions to the University’s indoors face covering requirement include:

  • When a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed-door
  • When eating or drinking in a space where eating or drinking is permitted
  • When a medical accommodation has been granted by the appropriate University official
  • When a situation (e.g. childcare settings) or a person (e.g. children younger than age 2) are specifically exempted by Maine civil authorities
  • In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

There is no exception to the face-covering requirement for instructional purposes. Physical barriers, such as clear plastic screens, may be used in combination with face-covering but are not a substitute for face coverings.

Outdoors — No. Face coverings are not required when outdoors on university property, regardless of vaccination status.

In general, face coverings should have multiple layers covering the nose, mouth and chin and be secured snugly with ear loops or ties behind the person’s head.

UMF provided students and employees two approved face coverings, but they are also asked bring some of their own if possible. Approved face coverings are also on sale at the University Store on Main Street.

“Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.

Accepted:  Cloth face coverings as defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.

Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bag, Halloween mask, goalie mask, etc.

See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.

Yes. The campus will be open to hosting events. There may still be pandemic-related requirements that might be applicable. Please continue to work with the Conference and Events Office to schedule space.  Part of the space request process will be submitting a Reservation Request / Event Plan. Contact the UMF Conferences & Events Office for details eleight@maine.edu

Yes. The Fitness & Recreation Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols. The indoor swimming pool is also open. See details below.

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center

The Fitness & Recreation Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. Visitors to not need to check in with Conferences & Events.

  • The Fitness Center has different operating hours and new protocols
  • Cloth face coverings are still required in the Fitness Center at all times — even when working out
  • The facility is Open Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Hours of operation will be reevaluated and will be expanded as we are able and permitted

Open spaces & activities:

  • Locker rooms
  • Strength training & cardio equipment
  • Track — for walking only
  • Multi-purpose courts — but for limited activities only (tennis, pickleball, etc.)
  • Group Fitness classes (see the schedule of In-person and Virtual classes)
  • One-to-One Personal Training
  • Pool (see Pool hours and other details)

Closed spaces & activities:

  • The Cradles & Crayons program
  • Children’s After School Program

See the Fitness & Recreation Center site for activities and details.

Mainely Outdoors program typically operates on a very limited basis in the summertime.

See the Mainely Outdoors site for details.

Yes.  Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only.

  • Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance
  • Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons
  • Face coverings are required and physical distancing protocols remain in effect
  • To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library umfmantorlibrary-group@maine.edu or tel 207-778-7210

See the Mantor Library site for activities and details.

Other than the Summer Daze program and UMF Soccer Camp, mostly no.

  • UMF Summer Daze Camp children’s program is being be held this summer, beginning June 21
  • We anticipate the UMF Snow Cats program at Titcomb Mountain will be held again this coming winter
  • Sweatt-Winter Early Care and Education Center – Yes, but is not accepting new families at this time
  • UMF Preschool – No
  • UMF Infant-Toddler Playgroups – No
  • UMF / RSU9 Public Pre-K Collaboration – Schedule To Be Determined
  • Fitness & Rec Center Cradles & Crayons Children’s Program – No
  • Fitness & Rec Center Children’s After School Program – No

Yes. There are a number of changes in what it is required to visit the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

This policies apply to all visitors to property owned or leased by UMF. This policy is meant to supplement — not replace — any federal, state or county health and safety regulations with which UMF must comply.

See the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During COVID-19 (pdf)

Some highlights of the Campus Visitors Policy:

Limited Visitations

  • UMF campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business
  • Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public
  • Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for these specific purposes

All visitors must check in with the Conferences & Events Office umf.conferences@maine.edu  tel: 207-778-7344, located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center at 111 South Street, and adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization.

This includes:

  • Invited speakers or hired performers/artists
  • Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
  • An individual who has research needs that require in-person library access
  • Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other hosted events
  • Donor visits arranged by Institutional Development
  • Hired contractor and vendor services for official University business
  • Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
  • Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the relevant Dean or Vice President

Additional details in the Policy Regarding Campus Visitors During COVID-19 (pdf) include specific information regarding:

  • Requirements for Visitors
  • Visits by Family and Friends
  • Employees of vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
  • Vendors and suppliers of goods and services to be delivered to or performed on campus
  • Construction contractors
  • Requirements for hosting visitors
  • Exception requests

Yes. All visitors must check in with the Conferences & Events Office umf.conferences@maine.edu  tel: 207-778-7344, located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center at 111 South Street, and adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department or registered student organization. The exception to this process is when a program has received prior approval as outlined above.

  • The Conferences and Events Office will be open 8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. If a department has a speaker, classroom guest, performer, etc., who needs to check in after 4:30pm or on the weekend, arrangements need to be made 48 business hours prior to the arrival. Please phone 207-778-7344 or email umf.conferences@maine.edu for additional information.
  • Speakers at campus events will need to adhere to the same policy UMF has set regarding classroom instruction. That is, face coverings must be worn at all times, including when lecturing. Speakers may not remove their face covering for water breaks unless those breaks are taken outdoors and must follow standard physical distancing guidelines.
  • Unless otherwise identified below, visitors must follow health and safety protocols adopted by UMF and as required by federal, state, or county regulations. This includes, but is not limited to: self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms before coming on campus; complying with UMF’s face-covering policy; and regular hand washing.

Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors
Visitors to UMF Fitness & Recreation Center and Mainely Outdoors do not need to check in with the Conferences & Events Office, as they will be checked in at the entrances to both of those facilities.

Mantor Library
Mantor Library is open to the public by appointment only. Curbside checkout service is available to public Mantor Library patrons.

Appointments for the public must be made 24 hours in advance. To arrange for an appointment or curbside pickup, contact Mantor Library at 207-778-7210 or email umfmantorlibrary-group@maine.edu.

Visits by Family and Friends
Personal visitors, including family members and friends of students or employees, are not allowed on campus except as specifically described herein.

Employees of Vendors or independent contractors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time
Employees of University Vendors who regularly and consistently interact with residential students for significant periods of time (for example, the University’s food service provider) must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.

Vendors and Suppliers of Goods and Services to be delivered to or performed on campus
As a condition for continuous or intermittent access to University campuses or facilities, vendors and suppliers of goods and services must maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan that complies with all federal, state, and local requirements.

Companies are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.

Plans must be provided to the University upon verbal or written request and will be kept on file in the Facilities Management Office.

Vendors and suppliers of goods and services must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and comply with the University’s face-covering policy, physical distancing requirements, regular hand washing, and signage posted in the buildings they are entering.

Construction Contractors
All Construction Contractors must check in at the Facilities Management Office prior to working on campus and must follow University COVID-19 safety guidelines and develop written Site Specific COVID-19 Safety Plans for projects on campus that comply with all federal, state, and local requirements before work can begin.

All contractors must check-in with Facilities Management and complete the COVID-19 screening process prior to accessing campus and will be required to have their written site-specific safety plans reviewed and approved by Facilities Management prior to commencement of work on campus and will be subject to continuous review by the University leading up to project completion.

Construction Contractors who employ subcontractors are required to ensure that their subcontractors, if any, comply with this requirement.

Exception Requests
Requests for access to campus by other Visitors not described in this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should be submitted to the relevant Vice President at least 48 hours in advance of the visit. The Vice President will advance the request to the appropriate party for approval.

A visitor is defined as any individual entering UMF property who is not an employee or a registered student. Volunteers, employees of vendors or contractors that have business on campus and other people listed below are considered visitors.

  • Invited speakers or hired performers / artists
  • Family member of a registered student who is supporting a student related to an emergency health situation
  • An individual who has an appointment for research needs that require in-person Library access
  • Prospective or admitted students and their families for Admissions, recruiting or other UMF hosted events
  • Donor or Alumni visits arranged by Institutional Development
  • Hired contractors and vendor services for official University business
  • Prospective rental clients hosted by the Conferences & Events Office
  • Other visitors, on official University business, as approved by the Administration

Building access across campus will be via key card doors only to allow for contact tracing. Pedestrian foot traffic will be differentiated by direction in some areas. This may include designating areas of 1-way foot traffic, Enter-Only and Exits-Only classroom and building access points (except in the case of emergencies) and physical separation devices. Where possible, staircases have been designated UP or DOWN with proper signage.

  • Fitness & Recreation CenterYes. But with different hours of operation and new protocols. See details in the Fitness Center question above.
  • Mantor LibraryYes. But by appointment only. See details in the Mantor Library question above.
  • Olsen Student CenterYes.
  • Admissions OfficeYes. But by appointment only
  • University StoreYes. But with different hours of operation and new protocols
  • Testing Center – Yes. But by appointment only
  • Programs for Children Mostly no. See details in the Programs for Children question above.
  • Emery Community Arts CenterNo.
  • Merrill Hall, including Nordica Auditorium – No.
  • Alumni Theater – No.
  • UMF Art Gallery – No.
  • Kalikow Education CenterNo.

Each internship, field work, practicum, and student teaching setting is different. We are working with all of our community and school partners to determine what in-person or alternate experiences will be feasible this fall. We are also reviewing what experiences we can support on campus.

No.  South Dining Hall and the Beaver Lodge are open to UMF students and employees but not to the general public.

Our current plan is to not allow visitors for the first few weeks of the Fall Semester to ensure a safe transition to campus. After the first two weeks, we plan to allow one guest per resident in the residence halls. This will be reevaluated as the semester progresses.

The Student Health Center provides “Call-in Care” instead of walk-in care for scheduling same day appointments. The front entrance is unlocked daily with the door entrance to the waiting room remaining locked. Clear signage is posted with the phone number / email and instructions for entry.

A COVID-19 pre-screen is performed on all patients prior to entrance. Any patient pre-screened for COVID-19 with positive findings will enter the Student Health Center through a specifically designated separate entrance / location (conference room). This is the only room designated for symptomatic patients that allows for ventilation.

Student Health Center staff will be completely donned in PPE prior to the patient’s arrival. This PPE will include fit-tested N95 masks. Any instruments used during evaluation will be completely sanitized as well as furniture wiped down.

The foyer is limited to 1 patient at a time and waiting room will be limited to 3 patients at a time with chairs spaced appropriately 6 feet apart. The receptionist area has additional Plexiglas installed. Patients and staff wear masks / face coverings or a face shield — no exceptions. Exam rooms, bathrooms and lab are  sanitized after every visit. The waiting room is sanitized hourly or as often as staff can manage.

Appointments with Nurse Practitioner (NP) and Psychiatric Mental Health NP (Shelley and Penn) are staggered to minimize the number of patients in the Student Health Center at one time. Patients call the front desk when they arrive and are met by the Medical Assistant (MA) at the door and escorted to an exam room. Routine health care and follow-ups will continue through telehealth, as appropriate, to limit face to face visits as much as possible.

Due to the size of counseling offices, social distancing is not possible, so we use telemental health.

Yes. If a student becomes sick with COVID-19, we have isolation space on campus for them while they recuperate.


Looking Ahead to Fall 2021: UMaine System Chancellor Expects UMF to Return to In-Person College Experience

I’m happy to let you know that we are announcing later this morning that we expect to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to our university campuses this fall to safely resume the most traditional in-person college experiences we all took for granted before the pandemic.

That’s right. We expect to return as normally as possible this coming fall.

We’ve been together safely through this challenging year by following the recommendations of our UMS Scientific Advisory Board, Maine’s public health authorities, and the testing, masking, social distancing and other public health measures we have in place. Now, with the promise of a Maine spring and summer ahead, with public health restrictions easing and with new confidence stemming from the growing numbers who can and will receive the pandemic-ending vaccines that are available, it feels like we can finally say that the pandemic’s grip is loosening. So we’re kicking our planning into high gear to provide the most traditional, on-campus college experiences this fall that we can safely manage.

I should be clear, though. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our university communities, remains our top priority. So does respect for Maine’s public health authorities and their guidance. We’ve been able to limit the spread of COVID in our university communities because of these commitments. We’re going to keep following them. That means social distancing and face coverings everywhere on our campuses will continue to be the rule as we complete the semester and manage university events. And we’ll continue to test everyone in our in-person community every week through commencement. It’s also true that working through the pandemic has shown us new opportunities and, in some cases, new ways of doing business. We intend to learn from these experiences as we work to return to near normalcy this fall.

I owe all of you my thanks. Your discipline and concern for the welfare of everyone in the UMS community and the state has kept us safely together through what has been perhaps the most challenging year in our lifetimes. That same resilience and commitment will make our fall return to normalcy both safe and rewarding.

I’m looking forward to it.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy
University of Maine System Chancellor


Limited Visitations

University of Maine at Farmington campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business. Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public, although campus offices that serve the public will continue to do so.

Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for the specific purposes. See the Question above: “Are there specific protocols and policies regarding campus visitors?”

All visitors must check in with the Conferences and Events Office located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center (111 South Street), adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department, or registered student organization.


Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our Return to Normal plans. Because COVID information is being updated more quickly we recommend you check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs.

UMF Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors UMaine System COVID-19 Information

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu


The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.